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removing oil smell from interior

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 6-71, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. 6-71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2005
    Posts: 542


    Yes I did search before asking!! I have an OT car that my dumb assed son in law spilled?or dumped about 3 qts.of used oil in the spare tire well.I cleaned up all the oil,and everything that was in the trunk.The car really reeks of dirty motor oil.I am going to sell this vehicle soon and really need to get rid of this smell.The oil didnot get anywhere but the spare tire well,I checked under the rear seat etc.and it is clean.
  2. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    brake cleaner. it will do the trick..then let it air out.
  3. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    I've never had any oil that smelling bad. What kind was it?;)
  4. dead last 63 f100
    Joined: Dec 25, 2009
    Posts: 119

    dead last 63 f100
    from detroit

    use a 1/2 cup of tide yes tide and water in a 24oz spare bolttle :D

  5. 6-71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2005
    Posts: 542


    I dont know what kind it is,but it smells like burnt used oil.The smell is great to me,but I fear a potential buyer may not like it.:)
  6. nutajunka
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,466


    Get a one dollar bottle of dawn dishwashing liquid. I use it on my work clothes and it takes the grease and oil right out and should do the trick for you, they have it in fancy scents also.
  7. dadseh
    Joined: May 13, 2001
    Posts: 526


    and sprinkle plenty of soap powder on it to soak up and wash down well with water
  8. Bull
    Joined: Mar 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,286


    We sell a product called Auto Fresh. It will eliminate the odor instead of just covering it up with perfumes, etc. like other products out there. See my post signature for the website and a HAMB discount!
  9. oilslinger53
    Joined: Apr 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,500

    from covina CA

    Throw a couple cats in there for the night... You'll forget all about the oil smell!
  10. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    i need to tell my wife about this stuff.
  11. Unibodyguy
    Joined: Dec 23, 2007
    Posts: 403


    If its located only to the trunk area, 2 things that I've used worked pretty well. But I've used them on interiors that have a musty smell. Get a bunch of Bouce Dryer sheets and put them and let them do the job for a while. Also something else that I did was get some charcoal that you use for a aqarium filter (fishtank) and spread it out on a sheet or in a small box and leave it in there for a few days/week. The charcoal absorbs up the smell.This type of charcoal worked the best because its more porous. Both worked for me.


  12. Cat Litter. Pour it in the tire well, let it sit for a day and vacuum it out and then ues the above methods to clean it up. It will all work much better if you dry it up first with cat litter, I did it with Trans. fluid once, in the back seat footwell, nothing worked till I used the litter.
  13. Boozer
    Joined: Sep 25, 2009
    Posts: 95


    +1 maybe mix in some baking soda..... of course after hitting it with the dawn and brake kleen
  14. Just Jones
    Joined: Jan 11, 2005
    Posts: 928

    Just Jones

    Charcoal absorbs odors. Once the oil itself is cleaned up, try sticking a pan full of charcoal brickettes in there for a day or two. I've had success with this in the past.

    - Speedy
  15. KennyJr07
    Joined: Nov 13, 2009
    Posts: 60


    Dry it as much as possible. Ive used a solid coating of powder laundry soap patted down, let sit for a couple days then vaccum. Sometimes a second appplication is needed.
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 256


    go to your local plumbing/boiler supply house, there is a spray product for killing the aroma from oil spills and puff backs.
  17. yardgoat
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 724


    I knew that was coming,,,lol..............YG
  18. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    A good amount of baking soda. Removes cigarette odor too.

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